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Noisy neighbours: More Adelaide households complaining
- ANDREW HOUGH
- THE ADVERTISER
- JUNE 08, 2015 7:52PM
More Adelaide people are complaining over their noisy neighbours.
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MORE grumpy residents are complaining about their noisy neighbour’s barking dogs, loud parties and backyard fountains.
Government data obtained by The Advertiser shows the number of people seeking legal advice over noise disputes has risen by more than a fifth in a year.The Legal Services Commission has received inquiries about barking dogs, power tools, music, backyard businesses involving loud machinery, air conditioners and garden features.Higher-density housing is being blamed for the rising problem. Experts say most complaints are settled through a neighbourly chat, because seeking legal advice is seen as a drastic measure.
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Commission access services manager Chris Boundy said neighbourhood noise was a growing legal issue “as more homeowners build ever closer to their property boundaries”.“Our legal advisers are receiving more and more calls on this subject. No home is totally soundproof (so) everyone can expect some noise from neighbours,” he said.In the 12 months to June 1, the LSC received 99 calls “seeking assistance with a neighbourhood noise problem”, a 21 per cent increase on the 82 inquiries the previous year.At least half the complaints came from southern areas, including the inner and outer suburbs, while calls from Adelaide Hills residents rose 233 per cent to 10.Those living in Adelaide’s east made 22 complaints, up from 14 the previous year, while there were 12 calls from households in the western suburbs compared to seven the previous year.Data on specific noise sources was unavailable, as were figures from other years.Under state laws, residential noise may be considered an “environmental nuisance” if it “unreasonably interferes with the enjoyment of the area”.Police have the power to issue an emergency order for 72 hours to shut down loud parties and officers can also confiscate a noise source, such as a stereo.Under the terms of South Australian residential tenancy agreements, tenants must not interfere with their suburbs “reasonable peace and comfort” and a breach can result in a tribunal terminating their lease.Noisy machines, such as lawnmowers and power tools, may not be used before 8am and after 8pm on weekdays and Saturdays and before 9am on Sundays and public holidays, while domestic air conditioners that measure more than 45 Db — the same as a human voice — can be on between 7am and 10pm.The commission has warned neighbour disputes is prevalent on long weekends from late night parties, power tool use and dogs being left alone in backyards while owners go away.Experts say noise complaints regarding parties, loud music and revving cars should be reported to police while barking dogs and other animals should be reported to councils.Mr Boundy urged neighbours to discuss concerns but, if this failed meditation, was possible before seeking legal advice, as court action was “last resort”.